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Ghost Banana Tree

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Ghost Banana Tree

  • Cambodia
  • 2004
  • 120 minutes
  • Asian
  • Horror
  • Supernatural

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The story is an old Khmer tale of haunting about a newly married couple. The husband was sent abroad for business and, while away, the wife fell ill and died. Her spirit became vengeful and started haunting the people of their village. When the husband returned, not knowing about his wife's death, he quickly realized that the woman he found was not his wife, but her ghost when she unnaturally made her arm longer. He ran away from their house seeking help but, even after a proper Khmer burial, his dead wife followed him to a Buddhist monk's house where he sought safety. As he was reciting prayers with closed eyes, his wife's ghost climbed one of the many banana trees near the monk's house, entered through a window and immediately killed the man. The movie ends with their spirits flying to begin their next life together. It is traditionally considered inauspicious by the Khmer to grow banana trees close to a house, especially near a window.